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Monday, November 11, 2019

Owen Sound Honours Veterans

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

There are fewer than ten WWII veterans left in the Owen Sound area.

The community gathered in Owen Sound today to honour veterans and serving members of our military.

A Remembrance Day parade took place down 2nd Avenue East to the cenotaph outside of the library.

Hundreds of people gathered in the snow including veterans, serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, reserves and cadets as well as local dignitaries, area residents and bus loads of school children.

A few older veterans were seated in a tent to take part in the ceremony.

Ed Yates, Poppy Chair and Second Vice President of the Owen Sound Legion says there are just eight to ten WWII veterans left in the Owen Sound area. He says their average age is 96.

"We really, really need to take advantage of the situation and let them know that we really still appreciate and that we are going to continue teaching our young as to what they did, because everything we have is essentially because of their sacrifice."

According to statistics Canada, there are about 61,300 WWII veterans left in Canada with an average age of 92.

Yates says the Legion in Owen Sound is open to the public today "We do have a museum that's right in the branch. It has a great number of items from different eras of warfare and different regiments from this area."

He recommends also visiting the Billy Bishop Home and Museum to learn more about our local war history and also recommends visiting the new monument at Grey Roots Museum and Archives.

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